Research Areas

  • Structural and functional Neuroimaging
  • Affective Disorders
  • Imaging Genetics
  • Translational Research

Selected Publications

Dannlowski U, Grabe H, Wittfeld K, Klaus J, Konrad C, Grotegerd D, Redlich R, Suslow T, Opel N, Ohrmann P, Bauer J, Hohoff C, Arolt V, Heindel W, Deppe M, Domschke K, Hegenscheid K, Völzke H, Homuth G, Meyer zu Schwabedissen H, Kugel H, Baune BT (2015). Multimodal imaging of TESC genotype effects on brain structure and function – evidence for hippocampal gray matter specificity. Molecular Psychiatry 20:398-404

Redlich R, Almeida J, Grotegerd D, Opel N, Kugel H, Heindel W, Arolt V, Phillips ML, Dannlowski U (2014). Brain morphometric biomarkers distinguishing unipolar and bipolar depression: A VBM - pattern classification approach. JAMA Psychiatry 71:1222-1230

Dannlowski U, Stuhrmann A, Beutelmann V, Zwanzger P, Lenzen T, Grotegerd D, Domschke K, Hohoff C, Ohrmann P, Bauer J, Lindner C, Postert C, Konrad C, Arolt V, Heindel W, Suslow T, Kugel H (2012). Limbic scars: Long-term consequences of childhood maltreatment revealed by functional and structural MRI. Biological Psychiatry 71:286-293

Dannlowski U, Kugel H, Grotegerd D, Redlich R, Suchy J, Opel N, Suslow T, Konrad C, Ohrmann P, Bauer J, Kircher T, Krug A, Jansen A, Baune BT, Heindel W, Domschke K, Forstner A, Nöthen MM, Treutlein J, Arolt V, Hohoff C, Rietschel M, Witt S (2015). NCAN cross-disorder risk variant is associated with limbic gray matter deficits in healthy subjects and major depression. Neuropsychopharmacology 40:2510-2516

Opel N, Redlich R, Zwanzger P, Grotegerd D, Arolt V, Heindel W, Konrad C, Kugel H, Dannlowski U (2014). Hippocampal atrophy in major depression – a function of childhood maltreatment rather than diagnosis? Neuropsychopharmacology 39(12):2723-2731

Academic CV

03/2004-02/2011 Research fellow and assistant doctor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Münster
15.05.2007 Doctoral dissertation in medicine „Serotonergic genes modulate amygdala activity in major depression“, summa cum laude
03/2009-08/2009 Visiting Scholar in the Dept. of Psychiatry, UPMC, Pittsburgh, USA in the laboratories of Prof. Greg Siegle, Director, Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (PICAN) and Prof. Mary Phillips, Director, Neuroimaging of Emotional Disorders Group
08/2009-08/2010 Assistant doctor in the LWL-Klinik Lengerich, Department of Neurology
08/2009-04/2015 Head of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroimaging Group, Department of Psychiatry, University of Münster
20.07.2010 Habilitation (Priv.-Doz.) for „Cognitive Neuropsychiatry“, University of Münster
30.08.2010 Doctoral dissertation in psychology (Dr. phil. / PhD) „Neurogenetics of emotion processing in major depression“, summa cum laude
22.01.2011 Medical board certification for “Psychiatry and Psychotherapy”
03/2011-12/2011 Senior psychiatrist Department of Psychiatry, University of Münster
01/2012-04/2015 Professor for “Imaging in Psychiatry” (W2) and senior psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Marburg
Since 09/2014 Co-Speaker; DFG-Research Group 2107 “Neurobiology of Affective Disorders”
Since 05/2015 Senior Psychiatrist, Professor and Section Head “Translational Psychiatry” (W3), Department of Psychiatry, University of Münster

Honours and Special Recognitions

2004–2005 1-year research scholarship of the Medical Faculty of Münster
2006–2007 1-year research scholarship of the “Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Reasearch”
2007 Award for the best doctoral dissertation of the medical faculty of Münster
2007 Award for the best doctoral dissertation of the University of Münster
2007 Travel award of the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Neuropsychopharmakologie und Pharmakopsychiatrie“ (AGNP)
2008 Young Scientist Award of the International Society for Imaging in Psychiatry (ISNIP)
2008 Travel award of the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Klinische Neurophysiologie” (DGKN)
2008 GlaxoSmithKline award for research on depression and mania
2008 “Imaging in Psychiatry” award of the German Society for Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Neurology
2009 Abstract Award of the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping
2013 Finalist Ziskind-Somerfeld Research Award for outstanding publication 2013 “Limbic Scars: Long-Term Consequences of Childhood Maltreatment Revealed by Functional and Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging”